Monday, November 30, 2009

Sustainability haunts Community radio

Community radio is a radio station for, by and of the community. This adage was cemented at the community radio workshop in Mumbai last week.

Held at Juhu in suburban Mumbai, the two day workshop- 'Community Radio: tuning into diversity' offered guidelines on setting up, managing and sustaining a community radio station.

Operational community run stations in India like DDS Sangham, Mangalore based Radio Sarang, MVSS from Satara, Radio Bundelkhand, Radio Ujjas of Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghatan, related their success stories which emphasized on community involvement.

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Mahila Sewa Trust's CRS starts operations at Sanand

Ahemdabad-based Sewa Trust's community radio station (CRS) has started operations at Sanand. The station is christened as 'Rudi No Radio' (Rudi's radio).

Mahila Sewa Trust was the 49th licensee in the country to get a CRS licence.
The programmes highlight community participation. They cover different subjects including health, water, agriculture, animal husbandry, national and international events. Source:

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cricket Australia and ABC Radio continue 76-year relationship

Cricket Australia and ABC Radio have renewed their 76-year relationship until the end of the 2013-14 season, substantially expanding their commitment to cricket broadcasting for both international and domestic cricket.

The new agreement will see exclusive ball-by-ball coverage of international Test and one-day cricket, interstate one-day and Twenty20 games on either ABC Local Radio, ABC Grandstand Digital Radio or online, at either or

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Thursday, November 26, 2009


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The Voice of Tigers - Pulikalin Kural – IBC Tamil

IBC Tamil just now become on air on 17560 KHz at 1200 UT. But the Station identification said "Pulikalin Kural – The Voice of Tigers", So it is not IBC Tamil!

In 1990, the Pulikalin Kural started in Jaffna, whereas it withstand from various attacks over it. 23 times it get attacted but still to service again. When the people lost their lives on May 16 the voice of tigers had also stopped its service.

Voice of Tiger also live stream on

They also broadcast in satellite. The details follow.

Name: NTR- Tamil
Satellite: Eurobird 9
Frequency: 11919
Polarization: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 27500
Fec : ¾

Shortwave frequency

IBC Tamil at 0000-0100 UTC on 6045 (via Nauen, Germany)

November 25, 26, 27, 2009
1000-1300 UT on 17560 KHz,
1300-1400 UT on 11510 kHz.

November 27, 2009
1400-1500 UT on 11510 kHz
1500-1800 UT on 6225 kHz

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

IBC Tamil resumed shortwave today

** SRI LANKA [non]. IBC Tamil resumed shortwave today. 0000-0100 from Germany as before [so on 6045 via Nauen].

Another Glenn Hauser exclusive: There will be some IBC Specials to Sri Lanka (live coverage of a conference)

November 25, 26, 27, 1000-1300 UT 17560, 1300-1400 11510 kHz.
November 27, 1400-1500 UT 11510 kHz; 1500-1800 6225 kHz
(it`s been rather hastily arranged) (WRN UT Nov 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DX QUIZ 2009

In 2009 the Ardic DX Club celebrates its 11th anniversary. For 11 years it has been the primary source of information for dxing enthusiasts all over the Tamil Nadu, India. In order to celebrate this event, a quiz is being organised. The quiz is open to anyone, regardless of location or club membership. The quiz does not solely deal with Tamil Dxing, but covers very different radio aspects. Answering following 25 questions you can show your radio knowledge.

No quiz without prizes of course. You wish to contribute a prize? Please contact me! And to make the contest interesting to everybody, a few prizes will be given anomaly to entrants. So if the questions look hard, participate anyway.

Quiz starts from 1 November 2009, Last date for the entry 30 January 2009

See the Quiz Questions on the special website http://dxquiz. wordpress. com/

Send your answers to
59, Annai Sathya Nagar,
Chennai – 600 106,

Mint Stamp / IRC
Every entry will get the special pennant in the memory of The External Services of All India Radio's 70th anniversary. Every entry must send one reception report of any frequency of All India Radio for the 70th anniversary special QSL. Indian listeners must send Rs.10/- mint stamp for postage and International listeners must send 2 IRC or 2 US $.

For more details
ardicdxclub (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) in

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Monday, November 16, 2009

ஐ.பி.சி. தமிழ் ஒலிபரப்பு நிறுத்தம்

ஐ.பி.சி. தமிழ் தனது காலை ஒலிபரப்பினை கடந்த நவம்பர் 4, 2009 முதல் 6045 கி.ஹெட்சில் ஒலிபரப்புவதை நிறுத்திக்கொண்டது என வருத்தத்துடன் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். மாலையில் ஒலிபரப்பு தொடரும் என்று கூரியும், அது இடம்பெறவில்லை. இணையதளமும் செயல்படவில்லை. மேலதிக விபரங்கள் எதிர்பார்கப்படுகிறது

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Community radio stations welcome MIB's DAVP plans

The constant lobbying by community radio stations in India for government advertising has finally been heard.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, on 4 November 2009, passed a government resolution finalizing the DAVP advertising rates for community radio stations to Re. 1/- per second for a period of one year initially.

The circular from the Information and Broadcast Ministry on Re. 1/sec advertising rates for DAVP ads has received mixed reactions from the community radio operators in India.

The Empanelment Advisory committee has recommended guidelines for operating community radio stations to seek advertisements/ sponsored programmes from the central and state governments and other organizations. These guidelines include that the CRS should have completed three months of continuous operation for a minimum of two hours of broadcasting every day. The empanelment will be considered by DG, DAVP on a case to case basis as and when a request is required.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Radio St. Helena in Chennai

The following link will gives the reception quality of Radio St. Helena in Chennai, India.
Listen RSH in Chennai

Friday, November 13, 2009

Radio Vatican listeners meet

A metting of Radio Vatican listeners is scheduled at 3.00 pm on 16th Nov 2009 at

Pastoral Oriention Centre
Kochi 682025, Kerala

The head of Asia Section of Vatican Radio Rev.Fr.Alphie Ben will be attending it.

More details from

Fr. Joseph Nicholas
Telephone 0484-2806227
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stickers from International Radios

Some of the old booklets from International radios.

Thanks to Girish Chadaga, Bangalore

SWL Girish Chadaga with VU3SIO

FM cos may get to operate multiple frequencies

The Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has proposed that FM radio players be allowed to operate multiple frequencies in
the same city, I & B secretary Raghu Menon said on Thursday while addressing a roundtable meet organised by the Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) in Delhi.

Outlining the various proposals recommended in the draft note on FM radio expansion, Mr Menon said his ministry had proposed that multi-city networking be allowed for FM radio operators provided a certain percentage of the content remains local. At present, this facility is not permitted. The ministry has also recommended that the lock-in period for FM players be reduced from the current period of 5 years.

According to Mr Menon, the ministry may also allow FM radio players to carry limited news and non-news items like traffic and local events. But the news would be allowed to be sourced only from All India Radio relays. On foreign direct investment limit in FM radio, he said that I &B ministry favoured increasing the cap to 26%.

FM radio players have been demanding that the present 10 years license period be extended to 15 years as the radio industry is in a bad financial state. But Mr Menon said that the ministry will take a decision on license extension after some time.

He added that the 15% cap on ownership of frequencies across the country will continue (no company can own more than 15% of all stations in India) but added that this did not include border areas.

A final decision on all these proposals will be taken by the Union Cabinet and an announcement is expected to be made in January next year, said Mr Menon.

The third phase of the FM Radio expansion proposes adding 790 new channels in 290 towns which have a population of over 1 lakh.

But FM players don't want auctions to begin before the music royalty row is sorted out. In the last phase, at least 90 stations were not picked up. Analysts also say for the Phase-III bids to be successful, it is imperative that the music royalty issue is sorted out first.


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Radio station begins operations from Tirupati

TTD's Sri Venkateswara F.M. Community Radio Station, operating all along from atop the Tirumala Hills, has on Thursday started functioning from its new premises down the hill.

The 50 watt radio station which became operational in February 2007, under licence from the Ministry of I & PR with a transmission area of 5 km. radius, had to be shifted down to Tirupati as the hills surrounding the station and the thick vegetation around was seriously impeding its transmissions.


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Hamfest 2009 some goodies

Hamfest India 2009 - Souvenir

First day cover

Hamfest Badge

Token for the breakfast

Some of the goodies which I bought there.
Empty QSL

Morse Code Learning & practice CD by VU3SQY

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

UK based United Radio launches India operations

London headquartered United Radio today became the first international radio consultancy company to set up an office in India. Indian radio stations can now look to the international experience to improve their ratings and increase their revenues.

The company aims to provide its services to the existing operators, investors, government and the regulatory bodies. United Radio has been the consultant to Malayalam Manorma's Radio Mango and Radio City for their programming and music strategies in the past.

Details story on http://www.radioand

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I&B proposes 26% FDI, sourced news for Phase 3 of FM radio

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday said a note was being finalised for the Cabinet to recommend an increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) limit from the current 20 per cent to 26 per cent for FM radio. She also proposed allowing Akashvani-sourced news on private FM radio.

Addressing the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit, Soni said the Ministry was in an advanced stage of considering a hike in the FDI cap to 26 per cent from the current 20 per cent, as recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The Ministry's draft note has been sent to other Ministries including Law and Finance, and will be presented to the cabinet after due consultation. She indicated that the third phase of FM Radio licensing will commence early next year.

Addressing a session 'The Future of Indian Media and Entertainment', Soni again stressed the need for greater self-regulation by the media to uphold journalistic ethics since the Government had no intention of state-imposed regulation.

Private FM channels, supported by TRAI and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), have for long been demanding that they should be allowed to broadcast news on their channels. At present, this is permitted only on the channels run by All India Radio.


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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Dxers Guide and B09 Booklet for sale

Dear Dxers,

Now you will get the wonderful issues of Dxers Guide and B09 Booklet available for sale. Which contain the new B09 schedules and lot of Dx related information in a pack of Two books. Annual subscription is Rs. 80/- only. For more details contact ardicdxclub (at)

RMRC RSD 2009 Party live in Internet

PLEASE try to join us at the Rhein-Main Radio Club Radio St. Helena Day 2009 Party.

The RMRC plans to have a live CHAT, a webcam with audio so that
DXers can tell us about their reception conditions and about themselves
during the RSD 2009 broadcasts.

The RMRC plans to start the CHAT at about 19:00 UTC on 14. November 2009.

To find the RMRC in the Internet, go to our homepage www(.)rmrc(.)de
On the homepage, on the left side, select "RMRC WebCam".
The webcam picure will be updated about every minute.
You can CHAT with us using the chat-box just below the photo.

You can hear the streaming audio by starting SKYPE.
Start SKYPE on your computer.
SEARCH for :
"RMRC" AND ("Germany" or "Deutschland") AND "All Languages"
and then hit "Find"
NOTE: be SURE to use "Germany" or "Deutschland", otherwise you get
an address in Brazil or somewhere.
The result should be: RMRC rmrcev Germany, Frankfurt
ADD this NEW Contact to your Skype list of contacts.

For other information from the RMRC, see:
www(.)rmrc(.)de/StHelena.html for Radio St. Helena information
www(.)rmrc(.)de/QSLCalendar.html for the RMRC 2010 QSL Calendar
www(.)rmrc(.)de/Webcam.html for direct access to the webcam page
These addresses must be exactly as shown (upper and lower case letters).

For RSD 2009, RSH has set up a special email address :
--- to contact the RSH studio to take part in the program and
--- to take part in the drawing for RMRC 2010 QSL Calendars.
This special email address is: radio.announcements4669(at)
It is vital to use only lower case letters in this address.

Many thanks for your help and interest and with very best greetings,
Gary Walters , Station Manager of Radio St. Helena
Harald Gabler, Lutz Winkler, and Robert Kipp
Rhein-Main Radio Club , Frankfurt, Germany

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

FM industry struggles to stay afloat as Phase III looms

MUMBAI: Phase III of FM radio expansion in the country is around the corner, with 700 additional frequencies to be rolled out in 92 cities by the I&B ministry. Concentrated mainly in the districts and very small towns, the radio industry is however skeptical about the commercial viability of these new stations.

Fresh huge investments by broadcasters in Phase III seem doubtful, since the current players haven't succeeded to make monetary gains from Phase II. Apart from a few broadcasters, not many who spent exorbitant amounts for acquiring licenses have been able to milk their businesses. Players have to plan their investments as they are liable to renew their licenses acquired in phase I and phase II which would lapse on completion of ten years and would be open for rebidding.

Players in the first phase - Radio Mirchi with seven frequencies, Radio City with four, Red FM with three frequencies, Radio One, Vishaka FM, Power FM, Aamar FM would have to renew their licenses. Radio broadcasters had invested exorbitant amounts towards setting up of infrastructure and haven't yet recovered costs and only a few have managed to break even. In the current scenario where only the metros seem to be contributing towards profitability of the network, it is a question if broadcasters would like to sail in murky waters by investing in the smaller towns.

Walk into earlier phases

Going back, phase I saw city-based licenses being granted for 108 stations in 48 cities. Phase I auction was done in an 'open bid' process allowing eligible bidders to raise bids in a common forum. This was changed into 'closed bidding' in Phase II licensing where bidders submitted sealed bids for each station and the top bidders were granted licenses.

101 bids were received, aggregating to a license fee of approximately Rs.4.25 billion. [Source: FICCI Ernst & Young Report, 2004]. However, 64 of the bidders defaulted, as a result of which only 37 frequencies were allotted, corresponding to a total license fee of Rs. 1.59 billion. The unusually high license fee structure and year-on-year annual escalations of 15 per cent hampered FM radio growth in the country.

For reducing the burden on the radio broadcasters in Phase I, the fixed license fee structure was changed into an annual revenue sharing arrangement along with a one-time entry fee.

With a shift from fixed license fee to revenue share model and addressable of other issues of Phase I, the radio industry looked at next phase of bidding positively. In Phase II, cities were classified into 5 categories (A+, A, B, C and D) and around 250 private FM radio stations were initiated. For increasing the economic viability of stations, TRAI recommended that the restrictions on networking of programmes within the same operator across cities be removed. This would decrease the operating costs and help FM radio attain economies.

According to the Ernst & Young report, amongst the major players only one, Entertainment Network India Ltd. (ENIL) has shown some profitability, with most of the others unlikely to do so in the near future.


Although it is touted as the cheapest medium, radio advertising hasn't gained impetus in India. Of the total advertising spend in India, the radio industry's share is around three to four per cent. This share is expected to rise substantially over the next few years, mainly due to the wide reach in the phase III and the interior markets offered by the medium.

PricewaterhouseCoopers in its report "Indian entertainment and media outlook 2009" projected the radio advertising industry to grow at a CAGR of 18 per cent over 2009-13, reaching Rs 19 billion in 2013 from the present Rs 8.3 billion in 2008; more than double its present size. In terms of share of ad pie, it is projected that the radio advertising industry will be able to increase its share from 3.8 per cent to 5.2 per cent in the next five years.

Industry observers point out that radio broadcasters are not concentrating on growing the medium and in a competitive scenario are merely eating each others' revenue. Radio broadcasters discount their inventories and offer lower competitive prices to get advertising shares from competing players, they aver.

The bottom-line of radio industry hasn't increased and the sector needs to create value proposition for the medium, is the consensus.

The burning issues

The biggest concern for operators is that of music royalties and the third phase has been delayed mainly because the issue stands unresolved. Both the radio and the music industry are eyeing the next copyright hearing scheduled for 14 December for a solution to the music royalty issue. Absence of a nationwide radio measurement metric is restricting the potential of the medium. Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) is currently available only in four metros and the non availability of the measurement in other cities and small towns poses a hindrance for media planners to include radio in their campaigns. Also, the current allegations of the radio broadcasters about the inconsistent data from RAM has stirred the air in the advertising sector regarding the reliability of the weekly data.

As Phase II regulations do not allow radio broadcasters to own more than one frequency in a city, the industry has been pushing the issue with the ministry, as well as lobbying for multiple licenses citing differentiation issues, and increasing the current FDI limit of 20 per cent to 26 per cent.

As broadcasters press for allowing news on private FM, the Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni last month suggested that a via media should be found where the channels can be permitted to broadcast some programmes other than just playing music.

If the ministry does indeed succeed in addressing the issues recommended by the radio industry, the radio players just might hit the jackpot with Phase III.

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DX MIX NEWS # 597 03 November 2009
AUSTRALIA B-09 for CVC International via DRW=Darwin:
Chinese to China
2200-2300 on 9585 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
2300-0200 on 15170 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
0400-0600 on 15250 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
0600-1200 on 17635 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
1200-1800 on 13685 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
English to India
0930-1230 on 15535 DRW 250 kW / 303 deg
1230-1830 on 13635 DRW 250 kW / 303 deg
Indonesian to Indonesia
2300-0200 on 15250 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg
0400-1000 on 17820 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg
1000-1300 on 9890 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg
1300-1700 on 11925 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg

BURMA(non) Freq. change for Democratic Voice of Burma in Burmese via TRW:
1430-1530 NF 9430*ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SEAs, ex 9415 in B-08
*strong co-ch China Radio International in Chinese till 1500
CHILE B-09 for Voz Crista / La Voz via SGO=Santiago:
Portuguese to Brasil
1800-2000 on 17860 SGO 015 kW / 045 deg DRM Sun-Thu
Spanish to Northern South America
1100-1200 on 9780 SGO 100 kW / non-dir till March 13
1200-0100 on 17680 SGO 100 kW / non-dir till March 13
1200-0200 on 17680 SGO 100 kW / non-dir from March 14
Spanish to Southern South America
1100-2200 on 9635 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg till March 13
1200-2200 on 9635 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg from March 14
2200-0100 on 9745 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg till March 13
2200-0200 on 9745 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg from March 14

GERMANY(non) Some Media Broadcast changes effective Nov.2:
WYFR Family Radio in English
1600-1700 on 9870 NAU 500 kW / 150 deg to EaAf, additional txion
HCJB Global in German
1700-1800 NF 3975 WER 100 kW / non-dir to WeEu, ex 1800-1900 on 6140 ISS
Gospel For Asia in various South East Asian langs
2330-0030 NF 7240 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to SEAs, ex 7200 ISS

INDIA Some B-09 frequency changes of All India Radio, effective Oct.28:
to WeAs
1615-1730 NF 6130+DEL 250 kW / 282 deg in Persian, ex 11585
1730-1945 NF 6280@BGL 500 kW / 300 deg in Arabic, ex 7550(13620 B-08)
1730-1945 NF 7305^ALG 250 kW / 282 deg in Arabic, ex 11585
+co-ch 1615-1730 Voice of Russia in English/French
@co-ch 1700-1800 Radio Pakistan in Persian
^co-ch 1745-1945 Voice of Russia in Arabic/English/Russian
1800-1900 VOIRI in Russian
from 1900 China Radio International in Romanian/Czech
to EaAf
1745-1945 NF 7400%DEL 250 kW / 245 deg in English, ex 15075
1745-1945 NF 9415 DEL 250 kW / 245 deg in English, ex 17670
%co-ch 1745-1945 Radio Bulgaria in German/French/English/Russian
1745-1800 China Radio International in Swahili
to No/WeAf
1745-1945 NF 6120&BGL 500 kW / 280 deg in English, ex 13605
1745-1945 NF 7410$ALG 250 kW / 282 deg in English, ex 15155
1945-2030 NF 6280 BGL 500 kW / 300 deg in French, ex 7550(13620 B-08)
1945-2030 NF 7410 BGL 500 kW / 280 deg in French, ex 13605
&co-ch 1745-1800 Radio Taiwan International in Russian
1745-1945 TRT/VOT in Turkish
1800-1900 WYFR Family Radio in Spanish
1900-1945 Voice of Russia in French
$co-ch 1745-1800 China Radio International in Russian+English!!!
to WeEu
1745-1945 NF 6180*BGL 500 kW / 320 deg in English, ex 7410
1745-1945 NF 7550#BGL 500 kW / 310 deg in English, ex 11620
1945-2045 NF 6180*BGL 500 kW / 320 deg in Hindi, ex 7410
1945-2045 NF 7550#BGL 500 kW / 310 deg in Hindi, ex 11620
2045-2230 NF 6180*BGL 500 kW / 320 deg in English, ex 7410
2045-2230 NF 7550#BGL 500 kW / 310 deg in English, ex 11620
*co-ch 1830-1930 VOIRI in French
1930-2000 PRW in Ukrainain
2000-2100 DWL in Russian
2215-2230 Cyprus BC in Greek Fri-Sun
#co-ch Sat & Sun Radio Amica in Italian
1745-1800 VOA in Kurdish
1800-1900 BBC in Dari
to EaAs/SoEaAs
2245-0045 NF 6055$BGL 500 kW / 060 deg in English, ex 11620
2245-0045 NF 7305!BGL 500 kW / 090 deg in English, ex 13605
$co-ch 2300-0045 REE in French/English
!co-ch 2245-2300 WYFR Family Radio in English
0030-0045 Vatican Radio in Portuguese

MOLDOVA(non) New time & frequency for Radio Mada International in French
1530-1600 on 15640*KCH 300 kW / 160 deg to MDC Sat/Sun till Oct.18
1530-1600 on 15670 KCH 300 kW / 160 deg to MDC Sat/Sun from Oct.24
*strong co-ch BBC/DW English in DRM mode
RUSSIA(non) Winter B-09 schedule of Tatarstan Wave in Tatar/Russian:
0510-0600 on 15105 SAM 160 kW / 065 deg to FE
0710-0800 on 9860 SAM 250 kW / 058 deg to RUS
0910-1000 on 11915 SAM 250 kW / 305 deg to WeEu

RUSSIA Winter B-09 of Radio Rossii in Russian:
0500-0800 on 9840 MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
0825-1300 on 12075 MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
1325-1600 on 7310 MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
1625-2200 on 5905*MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
*strong co-ch 1900-2000 RFI in Russian

RUSSIA Winter B-09 for Voice of Russia in DRM mode:
0200-0600 on 15735 K/A 090 kW / 213 deg to SoAs Ru/Ru/En/En
0700-0900 on 11635 MSK 035 kW / 260 deg to WeEu En/Ru
0900-1400 on 7325 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Ru/Ru/Ge/Ge/Ru
1400-1600 on 5905 MSK 035 kW / 260 deg to WeEu Ru/En
1400-1800 on 9675 MSK 035 kW / 260 deg to WeEu Ru/En/Ge/Fr
1600-1900 on 6145 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Ru/Fr/It
2000-2300 on 6105 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Fr/Fr/Ru

UZBEKISTAN B-09 for CVC International via TAC=Tashkent:
English to India
0030-0230 on 7395 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
0230-0630 on 11970 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
0630-0930 on 15700 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
Hindi to India
0100-0400 on 9425 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg
0000-0400 on 6260 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
0400-1100 on 13630 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
1100-1400 on 9500 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
1400-2000 on 6260 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg

ZAMBIA B-09 of CVC International via LUS=Lusaka:
English to West Africa and Nigeria
0400-0700 on 9430 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
0700-1400 on 13590 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
1400-1700 on 13650 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
1700-2000 on 13590 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
2000-2200 on 9505 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg

ZAMBIA B-09 for Christian Voice via LUS=Lusaka:
English to South and Central Africa
0600-1700 on 6065 LUS 100 kW / non-dir
1700-0600 on 4965 LUS 100 kW / non-dir
Ivo Ivanov

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

BBC iD is the new sign in system for BBC Online.

Welcome to BBC iD from Over To You by Dave Lee

BBC iD is the new sign in system for BBC Online. It's currently being rolled out across all services that require a user to register or sign in.

On Monday November 2nd we'll be switching all of the BBC's blogs to BBC iD from the previous BBC membership system. And in the New Year our message boards and other communities will be heading down the same route.

Read more about BBC iD on the BBC Internet Blog.

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Making it easier to access BBC World Service on your internet radio

Lately we've been getting lots of emails enquiring about how to listen to BBC World Service on internet radios. Karl Kathuria, Head of Digital Delivery, introduces a new page on our website with all the information you need to listen:

From the number of emails we've received we know that internet radios are getting more and more popular.

During the first half of October, many internet radio owners wrote in to tell us that they could no longer hear BBC World Service, and were asking why we'd stopped making our internet audio available.

Internet radios are devices that connect to your home broadband connection, usually via Wi-fi, and play radio stations over the internet. Rather than being limited by stations based near to where you are, they can play any of thousands of stations from all over the world.

To get to our audio, internet radios have to read from a list of stations provided by the company that makes the device. Although we have no direct control over the links that are provided, we do work with manufacturers and database providers to provide up-to-date links.

What we found last month was that one particular database provider had an old link to BBC World Service that we hadn't kept up to date. It took us a while to find this out because of the range of different devices that we were told had problems, but they were all getting an audio loop from the BBC saying that there were no programmes. I got in touch directly with some of you and together we managed to figure out what was going wrong.

What can you do if your radio is still wrong?

In most cases, there will be a menu on your radio to help you refresh the station list. Some radios may need their firmware - the software that runs the radio - to be updated. To do this, you should be able to find instructions online or in the box your radio came in.

It is also usually possible to manually enter a link to the radio station you're trying to listen to. One of the things that we've learned from last month's problems is that it's not easy finding this information for BBC World Service. To make this easier for everyone from now on, we've created a page that contains all of the direct links to our audio.

We will keep these links up to date, and if we need to make any changes to the way we stream, we will make sure these continue to work.

As well as playing live radio stations, many internet radios can access our on-demand streams, so you can listen to the latest edition of our programmes at any time. Finding direct links to these has also been tricky for some of our listeners, so we're including them on our new 'how to' page as well.

Hopefully this new page will be useful to everyone with an internet radio, and will help you to find the programmes you're trying to hear.

Karl Kathuria is Head of Digital Delivery, BBC World Service Future Media.

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